Pedestrian Crossings.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport. – in the House of Commons on 18th November 1936.

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Photo of Mr Harry Day Mr Harry Day , Southwark Central

asked the Minister of Transport the number of pedestrian- crossing - barriers that have been laid down and erected in the Metropolitan area, and the number laid down during the past 12 months; and whether, with a view to minimising the number of accidents, he will further consider the intro duction of regulations that pedestrians should only cross busy thoroughfares It appointed places?

Photo of Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha , Plymouth, Devonport

Guard rails have been provided at 23 road junctions, and in continuous lengths in Commercial Road East and East India Dock Road, and in St. Helier Avenue, Morden. All these rails, with the exception of those at six junctions, have been erected during the last 12 months. I think that the hon. Member will share any view that the guard rails themselves are more likely to be effective than any additional regulations, and I urge highway authorities to construct them.

Photo of Mr Harry Day Mr Harry Day , Southwark Central

Is the right hon. Gentleman considering the erection of guard rails in addition?

Photo of Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha , Plymouth, Devonport

Yes. I con eluded my answer by saying that I have urged highway authorities to construct them and I would like to see that advice followed on the largest possible scale.

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

Can the right hon. Gentleman say what percentage of the cost is given to local authorities to erect them?

Photo of Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha , Plymouth, Devonport

I think it is 60 per cent., but I speak subject to correction.

The numbers of accidents involving death or personal injury recorded as having occurred in the twelve months ended 31st October, 1936, on the undermentioned roads are:—

Name of Road.Accidents resulting in—
Death.Serious Personal Injury.Slight Personal Injury.Total.
Green Lanes, from Newington Green to Turnpike Lane.216175193
Seven Sisters Road, from Holloway Road to High Road, Tottenham.615208229
High Road, Tottenham, from Craven Park Road to Snelis Park.416248268
1247631690

Photo of Sir Frederick Messer Sir Frederick Messer , Tottenham South

asked the Minister of Transport (1) whether his attention has been called to a fatal accident which occurred recently in that part of Green Lanes, Harringay, known as Manor House Hill; and if, in view of the fact that this stretch of road is a steep gradient down which motor traffic travels at very high speed, he will consider taking some steps to minimise the danger to the public;

(2) whether he has considered the petition addressed to him by 1,000 residents of Harringay asking for something to be done to lessen the risk to life in Hermitage Road, Harringay, in view of the type and volume of traffic which now uses that road; and whether he proposes to take any steps to deal with the matter?

Photo of Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha , Plymouth, Devonport

These matters will have my immediate attention.